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The Rival Species Team is proud to announce the release of the first open beta version of their Warhammer 40,000 themed Half-Life 2 modification "Exterminatus". The beta version is fully playable, features 2 species form the 40k universe, 8 playable classes and 5 maps.

Posted by ChromeAngel on Jan 30th, 2010

It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of the first publicly available, playable, version of Exterminatus - Rival Species 2. The release comes in two versions:

* A self extracting installer, Exterminatus - Rival Species 2.exe (195,163 KB)
* A ZIP archive, Exterminatus - Rival Species (198,983 KB)

Please visit the Downloads page of the Exterminatus manual for a list of sites you can download the installer from. Have a read of the Manual while you download. EX is still only in the Beta stage of development and the manual will give you a better idea of what to expect.

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I hope you will all join us in making the next release of EX, bigger and better and have fun playing this version.

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hOMEr_jAy Jan 30 2010, 10:30am says:

Too bad there aren´t any servers up...I seriously hope that will change.

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Typheron Jan 30 2010, 11:11am replied:

there are servers up, launch the game and go find them. For some reason there not showing on the main steam menu thing

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hOMEr_jAy Jan 30 2010, 11:23am replied:

Ah ok, yes, I found Chromes server, unfortunately it only has 8 slots and is full.

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JrComissarValvatorez Jan 30 2010, 11:46am replied:

I can only see the one server as well.

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DESTROYER Jan 30 2010, 2:36pm replied:

I see both servers, but they're both only 8 maxplayers and are both full.

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Typheron Jan 30 2010, 6:13pm replied:

I'm sorry but thats all we can afford and both of them are being run off home networks.

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Wh1tebird Feb 1 2010, 4:02pm replied:

i'll host temporarely ^^

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Revo1uzzer Jan 30 2010, 10:54am says:


I hope to be not alone

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Tallon_hunteR Jan 30 2010, 12:16pm replied:

being alone with tyranids is never a good thing (whether you're a 'nid or anyhting else)

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SolidFake Jan 30 2010, 10:57am says:

nice, will gonna try it
I like the idea with the logo of the symbol in the beta box btw

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Velmarshal Jan 30 2010, 11:06am says:


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Anonymousperson Jan 30 2010, 11:14am says:

Holy ****

It actually came out

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Kaliger Jan 30 2010, 11:39am says:


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DamathaStudios Jan 30 2010, 11:42am says:

lol, looks nice.

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Kaliger Jan 30 2010, 11:46am says:

WAIT, theres only one server thats full @ 8 slots.

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Typheron Jan 30 2010, 11:57am replied:

Try hosting your own.

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hOMEr_jAy Jan 30 2010, 1:01pm replied:

Isn´t someone out there who can create a larger server that needs no password?

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Typheron Jan 30 2010, 1:11pm replied:

alas no, with the loss of our hosting in the summer (the company went bust and lost chrome a ton of cash) we have only the servers we can host from our own connections at this time.

Were seeing what we can do.

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Juffe Jan 30 2010, 12:26pm says:


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slay3rdb Jan 30 2010, 12:41pm says:

i can see the second server but it needs a password

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Kaliger Jan 30 2010, 12:47pm says:

server should be larger, make cap 8v8
(16 slot)

also, a team balancing mechanic.

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Typheron Jan 30 2010, 6:14pm replied:

Team balance is on the drawing board, but the servers physically cannot accept any mroe connections than 4v4, we just don't have the bandwidth

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TheRealRebel Jan 30 2010, 1:07pm says:

Will definitely check out soon. Cant wait to blast me some nids.

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Kaliger Jan 30 2010, 1:09pm says:

wait, theres a 32 slot with a password? O.o

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Typheron Jan 30 2010, 1:13pm replied:

Not our server, no idea who is running that one im afraid.

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DOLBYdigital Jan 30 2010, 1:32pm says:

Great job team and thank you!
I will be using this mod for the Social Modding Club's gaming event this Sunday 1/30/2010. Hopefully there will be enough servers for everyone to enjoy the mod. I will try hosting my own if possible :)

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VAFeuerstein Jan 30 2010, 2:55pm says:


downloading now

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SolidFake Jan 30 2010, 3:37pm says:

really really fun to play!
just maps are missing proper wk40 style and ambient and thrope is kinda weak, but had already lots of fun, can't wait for the final

and....more servers needed!

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Undying_Zombie Jan 30 2010, 4:05pm replied:

Well if they where following a older version of the tyranid codex, then Thrope's should be weak.. was only in the current ( new ) codex that they got a huge boost. ( They are actually worth using now :P ) However they made biovores kinda... crappy in return :(

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Mik0112 Jan 30 2010, 4:02pm says:

Hmm... A way of telling where friendlies are would be nice, perhaps a map of something.

Else it's quite good, 'cept weapons feel a little flat to me.

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Imp0815 Jan 30 2010, 5:00pm says:

im so ****** off, i waiting so long for this mod and now i cant play it because there are no servers-_-

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Grilljanne Jan 30 2010, 5:10pm says:

I'll try hosting a dedicated server on my secondary PC. Situated in Sweden with a 30mbit connection, how many player slots should I be able to run?
Oh and any special settings you wanna see for maps etc?

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Zedrion Jan 30 2010, 5:34pm says:

can i play this with HL2?

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Dan911 Jan 30 2010, 5:47pm says:

WOOT! dling now!

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Mik0112 Jan 30 2010, 5:53pm says:

Grilljanne, I don't know about specifics, but being able to actually play the mod would be nice, so a server would certainly be appreciated :)

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Grilljanne Jan 30 2010, 7:32pm replied:

Testserver up and running, been trying to figure out how to activate auto team balance with no luck. Adding mp_autoteambalance 1 to the server.cfg just gives "unknown command".

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ChromeAngel Feb 1 2010, 2:58am replied:

Adding this to EX is next on list of things to do.

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Grilljanne Feb 1 2010, 3:28am replied:

Sweet. From what I saw on my server it definitely seems like the feature most people want.

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ghostings Jan 30 2010, 7:01pm says:

@A@, dling now!

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Masterhobbes Jan 30 2010, 7:37pm says:

a big problem with servers other than that it's an interesting try.

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Stubby Jan 31 2010, 2:35am says:

Found a server, played, had a good time.

Needs a lot more work put into the maps, they look horrible, but besides that it is fun to play.

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RKotern Jan 31 2010, 8:00am replied:


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Croco15 Jan 31 2010, 1:17pm says:

Cool! Downloading!

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Lt.SnoWolf Feb 1 2010, 8:35pm says:

Ahh great!
Upon seeing this release i nearly jumpd off a cliff knowing that once i launched it up i would have a heartattack in excitement.

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Kalenov Feb 3 2010, 5:59pm says:

Hah bloody awesome, been playing it on/off, have to say one map (although I'm not sure of the name, I believe its Dig Site), is bloody huge @_@ Must be great with lots of players, but mostly I end up on Space Hulk (again, unsure about the map names, to lazy to check :P) and even then, its still huge amounts of fun.

Planning on bringing this to the next lanparty I head to, see if I can get some more people hooked on it :D Would be amazing with tightly trained teams on both sides.

Although I'd love to see Apothecary & Techmarines, and of course Genestealers & Hormagaunts...although I suppose how its setup now, the warrior plays like what I'd imagine a Gaunt would....

But hey, love the mod, keep it up!

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